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Ben Howard – The Burgh Island EP Review

UK acoustic sensation Ben Howard has released a new EP on iTunes.

A black and white close up shot of Ben Howard on stage

Ben Howard playing at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. Photo: The Queen’s Hall

The Burgh Island EP is a follow-up to hit album Every Kingdom, released in 2010, which featured such hits as Keep Your Head Up, Only Love and Old Pine.

The new EP resonates Ben’s unique acoustic sound, combining soft, husky melodies alongside soulful guitar riffs. This 4 track release is a perfect wintery soundtrack, with an intimate feel to it,

First track on the record, Esmarelda, is a slow downbeat tune, with the conventional deep-hitting lyrics that Ben always produces

Oats in the Water is a little more upbeat and up-tempo by comparison. However, Ben still sticks to his roots, and does what he knows best, packing a punch in his lyrics.

Third on the album is To Be Alone, has a very eerie vibe to it, with sounds of echoes and wails seeming to start the track. However, it soon cheers up into an upbeat track, worthy of a place in the charts.

Burgh Island, is the 8 minute finale to the 4-track EP. However, it is vintage Ben Howard, mixing his melodic voice with his pure skill on guitar. The accompaniment of Monica Hendal adds another dimension to the song, as their voices complement each other so well.

Overall this EP is well worth its price [£3.96 – iTunes] and a listen to over these winter months.

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